Thu, 15 April 2021
India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to postpone Class 12 exams and cancel Class 10 board exams in 2021, a decision which affects schools in Bahrain following the Indian curriculum.
More than 2.1m students worldwide had registered to appear for Class 12 exams this year while 1.4m had registered for Class 10 exams. Students of the latter will be assessed based on different criteria including internal and practical marks. In case a student is not happy with the marks given to them based on the formulae, they can apply to appear for the Class 10 Board Exams later.
The dates of these special exams and Class 12 annual exams is not announced yet.
Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, there remain concerns over the health of students and teachers on duty during exams as well as the problems regarding quality and access to education.
For Class 12 students, the situation will be reviewed again in June and a revised date sheet will be announced thereafter if the situation is deemed conducive to hold the board exams. The date sheet will be announced at least 15 days ahead of the exams to ensure students get ample time, as per the official statement by the Ministry.
While some states are following suit, others including Karanataka and Telangana have decided to hold exams for both Classes 10 and 12.
The decision by CBSE has gathered mixed responses from parents and students. It has raised concerns about college admissions among Class 12 students while Class 10 students are worried about how they would be assessed. The Board has not yet shared the detailed criterion.
The decision was taken after India’s Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At the meeting, several possibilities including the option of holding online exams were also considered.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Education and CBSE held a meeting amid the rising demand for cancellation of board exams. Since most academic sessions have been held online this year, students, teachers and politicians from across the country were demanding the cancelation of board exams.